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I am having a smallish party for Hanukkah. The attendees will be about 10 neighborhood kids, mostly in the 3-5yo range, and their parents. I am already making latkes with sour cream or applesauce. Although we are not kosher, I would prefer to avoid mixing meat and milk, so any other items would have to be dairy or parve. I am thinking smoked salmon, what should I serve that with? What else could I serve? Hanukkah gelt will be served, yes.

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  1. Luchen kugel and savory cheese blintzes. You could also do a salmon wellington instead of smoked if you wanted.

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    1. re: sobriquet

      I like the kugel idea, a sweet kugel rather than the savory that I usually make. Sweet would be better for the little ones I think. Thanks!

      1. re: AliceS

        You could also try a Kugel Yerushalmi (Jerusalem Kugel). It's not dairy, but it is sweet and a little respite from dairy might not be too bad. It's combination of sweet and peppery might appeal to a more adult palate, but you never can tell with kids.

        1. re: rockycat

          Do you have a recipe for that kugel? Or, what I really want, is an apple based noodle kugel.

          1. re: AliceS

            I have a great recipe for a noodle kugel that uses either apricots or even canned peaches. It's easy and delicious. It is, however, dairy.

            But honestly, I think if you want to keep it either dairy or meat, you should go the meat route and serve either roast chicken or brisket. Most kids will eat roast chicken. I have a 4 year old and a 2 year old and while they eat anything (including smoked salmon), I don't think that most of their friends would eat it.

            You could have roast chicken, latkes with applesauce, a pareve kugel (although I don't like the Jerusalem Kugel maybe there is another one), and definitely get some jelly donuts or munchkins. My 4 year old has been talking about jelly donuts for weeks already.

            And FWIW, if you buy the roast chickens at Costco, I t hink they are great and you could cut them up and serve them at room temperature. Makes it easy.

            1. re: AliceS

              I use this Jerusalem Kugel recipe, adapted from Joan Nathan:

              6 c. water
              2 1/2 tsp salt
              12 oz. angel hair pasta
              3/4 tsp. fresh black pepper
              3 eggs, lightly beaten
              1 c sugar
              1/3 c oil

              Preheat oven to 350 and oil a 9 x 13 baking dish.
              Boil water, add 1/2 tsp salt and cook pasta about 5 min, or until al dente. Drain, rinse in cold water, and pour into a bowl. Mix in pepper, 2 tsp salt, eggs, and 2/3 c sugar until well blended.
              Heat oil in a small saucepan and add 1/3 c sugar. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until sugar melts and begins to turn brown.
              Pour sugar mixture over the pasta, mixing well. Some will harden in clumps, but as long as they're not too big it's not a problem.
              Pour into baking dish and bake 1 hour.

        2. re: sobriquet

          You can make the kugel minis in mini muffin tins.. that way you can use one basic recipe and make a couple of variations. My family makes calsones, which is a baked savory noodle dish- very different than kugel.

          Also a salad with an olive oil based dressing.. maybe with some fall flavors.

          For dessert, my grandma always made Chanukah cutout cookies. Sometimes she decorated them beforehand, but I always loved when she put out some blue and white icing and sprinkles. The kids would love that.

          Baked apples with cinnamon and raisins were also a hit at our Chanukah parties.

        3. I did a similar party last year. Skipped the sour cream, served latkes with applesauce and then served those little mini hot dogs like you get at parties. Big hit with the kids.

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          1. re: rolise

            Applesauce would probably be better for the little ones. Muffin sized sweet kugel should please the kids too. So far no dairy, except the gelt, so possibly you can make a roast or brisket too. If the kids aren't used to lox they may not appreciate it. Gelt, luchen kugel, lox, latkes and applesauce ...the five basic Jewish food groups.

            One last thing .....can I come too?????

          2. also another common item server during channukah - jelly filled donuts - depending where you are you can go to a kosher bakery at get sofganiyot - the traditional israeli donut - if not dunkin donuts will do -

            1. For the children, who might not care for the salmon, you might also consider making finger sandwiches of tuna fish salad, egg salad, and/or pb&j. You could even cut the sandwiches into dreidel shapes.

              1. Hanukah wouldn't be Hanukah without donuts! and don't forget the spinning tops!

                1. We had a hanukkah party last year and I did two coffee cakes from Rose Levy Berenbaum, one fruit (apple) filled and one plain. I served brisket, roasted carrots, noodle kugel, and potato latkes w/ applesauce and sour cream. I also had a couple different kinds of rugelach that I made ahead and froze. We also did hanukkah cookie cutouts (used the pillsbury cookie dough that comes in the tube) that we had the kids decorate. I also used my menorah, Star of David, and dreidel-shaped cookie cutters on slices of swiss and cheddar cheese and set them out on a tray w/ fruit and crackers. If I do say so myself, the cheese was the hit of the party (at least w/ the adults)! I also did little treat bags for the kids (found hanukkah-themed chinese food containers at Party City) filled w/ shiny blue paper shreds, little bags of gelt, and small wooden dreidels.

                  eta: here is a link to the kugel recipe I made last year. http://kristispartystore.com/cookinga...
                  I had never made a noodle kugel before, and it was TO. DIE. FOR. A lot of our friends are not Jewish and had no idea what a kugel was, and they all went home w/ the recipe. It's my go-to kugel recipe now.

                  1. I have two ideas for you--one dairy and one meat, (both good for very young children). Last year I did a party that was meat and a huge hit. I served sweet and sour meatballs (ground beef, with matzoh meal eggs, spices, and onions seared and then simmered in a mixture of chili sauice and grape jelly--sounds horrid but the kids loved it and I admit, so did I). This was served with latkes, applesauce, steamed green beans, and a pareve cupcake "menorah". We also decorated cut-out cookies for a favor/craft. This could be pareve if you use veggie meatballs (Trader Joe's has great ones). This year, I am doing a dairy meal and the kids are getting sandwiches cut with Channukah cookie cutters (dreidels, Stars of David, Menorahs). For adults and to encourage something healthy for the kids we are having a salad bar. For dessert/craft: dreidels made from pretzel sticks, kosher marshmallows, and a chocolate kiss.